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Regional Green Waste Processing

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Regional Green Waste Processing

Processing green waste offers for significant environmental and community benefits? But is inherently capital intensive and requires large quantities of waste to be cost efficient. On their own, there is little evidence to suggest that individual Pilbara local governments should invest in capital assets to perform this function, and the waste should simply be consigned to landfill.

When taken in aggregate however, this model changes. Combining the waste stockpiles of the Pilbara local governments into one contract makes it sufficiently attractive for commercial operators to bid on transforming this waste into a reusable community asset. As a result of this activity, initial green waste stockpiles have already been shredded into mulch that can be used on parks and gardens right across the Pilbara, contributing to the general health, livelihood and environmental beauty of the region. Now fully implemented and operational, the Pilbara Regional Council’s role is to monitor green waste stockpiles and to manage an external contract for the ongoing processing of this waste on commercially attractive terms.

Proposed Outcomes
  • Improved recycling and waste management.
  • Change green waste from potential landfill into a usable community asset.
  • Regional Contract and Service delivery

  • Reference Group endorsed procurement document within September 2017, including scope, type and levels of services.
  • PRC managed procurement cycle.
  • Reference Group members participation into the evaluation panels solicited.
  • Maximised the use of competitive local businesses where it represents value for money.
  • Draft regional contract reviewed with the Reference Group to ensure agreement on terms and member sites/specific requirements are accounted on or before November 2017.
  • Regional contract in place for the new calendar year
  • Contract management protocols formally agreed with the Reference Group.
  • Protocols to clearly define how the contract is going to be managed, including, but not limited to:
    • How the PRC will ascertain scope, and quantities from the members prior to scheduling the works
    • Provision of expected costs and confirming financial commitments from the members prior to scheduling the works
    • Site mobilisation dates / works schedule
    • Expected communications from PRC and contractor throughout the process
  • Schedule capital assets to visit the region as required by the members.
  • Not less than 20% cost savings achieved compared to market price.
  • Published report card measuring the success of the initiative.
  • Provide cost reduction through economies of scale.
  • Reduce the time and costs of procurement activities and contract management.
  • Reduce green waste processing costs via economies of scale.
  • Reduce the amount of green waste diverted to landfill.
  • Increase the percentage of green waste diverted from landfill
  • Partnership agreements with other agencies

  • Strategies and models to improve or value-add to the mulch investigated.
  • Partnership agreements with other agencies investigated.
  • Commercial models and next steps discussed with the members (e.g.: off-take agreements).
  • Agreed next steps implemented where practicable
  • Offset green waste processing costs.